While we were in Liverpool recently we called into RIBA North which opened recently. it’s the northern HQ for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and it’s located next door to the Open Eye Gallery in the Mann Island development at the Pier Head in Liverpool. As well as offices and meeting rooms there’s a café, a shop a couple of exhibition spaces where they’re currently showing Liverpool(e): Mover Shaker Architectural Risk-Taker an exhibition of photographs and plans from the RIBA collection of buildings in Liverpool, including some which were never realised. The exhibition also includes a video presentation about four iconic buildings in the city. In the second gallery space there’s an interactive 3D digital model of the centre of Liverpool and a play area for children.
Outside in the in Winter Gardens, a covered public area immediately outside the entrance, there’s a large art work, Un-Veiled, produced to mark the opening of RIBA North which was created by Architects KHBT – Karsten Huneck and Bernd Truempler.It’s made of curtains of mesh fabric, used on building site scaffolding, cut to form sections of some of the North’s iconic modern buildings – The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, Imperial War Museum North, Liverpool Catholic Cathedral and York Minster
You can walk into the “pavilion” and wander around inside, which was quite fun.
However, I couldn’t recognise the sections of the buildings!